Nokia to Launch App Store Next Week: Report
According to Reuters, Nokia is set to unveil a mobile applications store of its own as soon as next week. Citing two industry insiders, Reuters reports that the store will most likely be announced during next week's Mobile World Congress trade show. Apple already has an App Store for its iPhone, the Android Market serves the G1, and competitors RIM, Microsoft, and Palm have all announced plans to have apps stores. Nokia's press conference during the trade show is being held at 4 AM EST on Monday, Feb. 16.
Microsoft Hands Off Nokia Phone App Store to Opera
Microsoft today announced that Opera Software will soon provide the default app store for older Nokia handsets. Beginning in the first quarter of 2015, the Opera Mobile Store will replace the Nokia Store on devices running the Series 40, Series 60, Symbian, Asha, and Nokia X operating systems.
Microsoft Updates Nokia X Platform
Though Microsoft plans to eventually can the Nokia X platform, the company today announced an update that adds several new features to the operating system. According to Microsoft, the improved OS now includes an app switcher for multitasking.
Google Wireless Service May Require Nexus 6
Google's forthcoming wireless service will only be available to the Nexus 6 handset at launch, reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with Google's plans, the Journal says Google's wireless service will "weave together" access from T-Mobile and Sprint's cellular services, in addition to WiFi.
Nokia's HERE Maps Quick to Draw Suitors
Four companies have expressed interest in acquiring Nokia's HERE Maps business, reports Reuters. A coalition of German auto makers, Audi, BMW, and Daimler, are weighing a joint bid, as are Facebook, Uber, and U.S.